comedy soundtracks

Prom is for Adults, Too...

By Mike Corbett In case you haven’t heard, it’s prom season, and this year those high school brats aren’t the only ones celebrating. This Saturday, May 31st, at 10:30pm, The Dallas Comedy House is throwing a prom of its own! Things will kick off with a special show featuring lovely ladies of LYLAS, and their dates for the evening, the dashing men of LYLAB. After that, everyone will dance the night away, create lifelong memories and make questionable decisions, just like a real prom!   Buy your tickets now, they’re going fast!

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the classic prom songs you’ll no doubt here when you hit the floor with your date for one of those special slow dances.

Heaven by Bryan Adams Our first number comes from Canada’s greatest export, Bryan Adams. This ballad was a smash hit back in 1985, when the prom dresses had more ruffles than a potato chip factory, Aquanet was just starting to burn a hole in the ozone layer, and people actually cared about Bryan Adams. The song was inspired by Journey’s “Faithfully” which Adams heard when touring with the band in the early 80’s. The video features Adams singing to stacks of televisions in an empty room. I imagine these days he does the same thing, but has each TV showing a crowd of screaming fans, his personal version of heaven.

Here’s to the Night by Eve 6

Once dismissed as one hit wonders, Eve 6 came roaring back in 2001 with Here’s to the Night, cementing their status as a two hit wonder. Here’s to the Night became an anthem for graduating classes in high schools and colleges that summer, and remained a popular prom song for several years afterwards. The video features a house party, all filmed via a hand held camera, because teens loved that kind of shit back then. It’s why this video looks like a mellow version of Can’t Hardly Wait or American Pie.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

Truly one of the most beautiful and poignant songs ever written.

(DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is no longer capable of being objective towards Green Day having been a huge fan for 20 years. It’s pretty bad, and may have at one point caused him to get an awful tattoo in honor of the band, which later had to be covered up. It’s also entirely possible that this was the only song he would dance to at his prom, a decision his date was not pleased with. Surprisingly, he is still without a date to DCH’s prom. But man, what a great song.)

 

More Than Words by Extreme

Before his incredibly successful run as the lead singer of Van Halen, Gary Cherone was the lead singer of Extreme, and produced one of the least extreme songs ever written. More Than Words was a huge hit in 1991, despite being about as exciting as elevator music. The video matches that intensity quite well. It’s black and white and features Cherone, looking like someone who produces elevator music, seemingly serenading his guitar player. All the while a few other people sit around, clearly confused about whether or not they should leave and give the pair some privacy.

 

All My Life by KC and JoJo

In 1997, KC and JoJo left the group Jodeci, put out this chart topping hit and promptly disappeared from popular culture. But what a gift they left us. This song was still being played at my prom in 2004, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it carried on after that. There’s not much to note in the video, just a standard performance intercut with some scenes of love and affection. It is worth noting that KC and JoJo are dressed like the much more fly cousins of Morpheus from The Matrix. We can all only hope to one day achieve a scarf game that strong.

I hope this look back has gotten you excited for the 2014 Dallas Comedy House Prom. This Saturday night, come on down, have some laughs, and make some memories, all without the fear of having to have an awkward conversation with a chaperone.

Mike Corbett is a Level 2 Sketch Writing Student at the DCH training center and an intern for the DCH blog. You can read more of his comedy stylings HERE. 

What We're Loving: Comeback Stories, Little Lord Legs, Michael McDonald Deep Cuts, DCF14

DCH_what we're loving_3_14_14Each Friday, DCH performers, teachers, and students offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, see, hear, or experience. This week Julia Cotton speaks to the self-loathing narcissist in us all, Ashley Bright needs tiny legs, David Allison makes a That's My Bush reference, and Ryan Callahan shamelessly plugs his own work. 369Dan Harmon is the genius that introduced me to the love of my life, Donald Glover, by creating an awesome show called Community. Around Season 2, I found myself listening to every interview he did and then consuming everything he’d ever created. I could tell that he was a person who absolutely cared about humanity, honesty, harmony, and 'Harmon’. He was clearly a narcissist while simultaneously being very self loathing. It’s a personality combination that can lead one to often feel very isolated, often be misunderstood, and often get fired.

When he was fired from Community, I was heartbroken. I’d become so dependent on his voice that I felt a little more lonely and weirdly… rejected. It was like whoever fired him had also fired me.

Luckily, he began the Harmontown podcast. It is premised as a town hall meeting to plan the founding of a colony of like minded misfits. The question is ‘What do we need to form a functional society?’ The podcast features some improv, made up songs, and freestyle raps (that are clearly performed by a white dude in his 40s that is NOT named Eminem). There are many special guests (Bobcat Goldthwait, Robin Williams, Jon Oliver, Mitchell Hurwitz, frequently Kumail Nanjiani). Around episode 6, it was decided that each show would culminate with a game of Dungeons and Dragons (see Community S2:14). In that episode we are introduced to Spencer Crittenden - an audience member randomly chosen to be Dungeon Master.

Harmontown went on the road and was filmed. It documents Dan’s journey which ultimately leads him right back into the arms of his lost love (Community season 5!). It also chronicles him and his girlfriend going through relationship woes and eventually becoming engaged. Harmon suggests that perhaps the most interesting story is that of Dungeon Master Spencer as he takes an unexpected journey into celebrity.

The documentary really highlights Dan Harmon’s effect on the people who call ourselves “Harmenians”. What we have in common is this feeling of never quite “fitting in” and often feeling misunderstood and rejected. Dan Harmon has shown us how to take those feelings, and fuse them into creativity.

You can check out the trailer here. - Julia Cotton

Nigel-Lindsay-as-Shrek-and-Nigel-Harman-as-Lord-Farquaad-in-Shrek-The-Musical.-Photo-by-Brinkhoff-MögenburgI've had one of those go-go-go weeks, where I didn't make adequate media absorption time for myself. I did watch the True Detective finale, but so did everyone else and their dog. Dogs love Rust Cohle. I watched some more Sopranos, but I dabbled on that topic last week. I did have a Gilmore Girls watching evening with Mr. Terry Catlett. No, I won't be sharing the joys of Stars Hollow with you. In fact, I'm going to use this forum to ask you to share something with me. Let me explain. You may not know this, but TC (Terry Catlett for some of this entry) is a big fan of musicals. After watching Rory move into her dorm at Yale, we watched Shrek on Broadway on Netflix. I can't lie; I didn't really dig it, although there were some very inspiring stage setups. Here's what I did love: TC was absolutely tickled by Lord Farquaad's tiny legs. I had a giggle fit just watching him have a giggle fit. I've tried searching for more big bodies with tiny leg gags, and I've come up with nothing except for some unfortunate real-life body disfigurement. I saw some stuff I can't unsee. So, first, I'm asking for any videos of a similar tiny leg gag so that we can all continue giggling. Be careful on your search; I'm telling you there is stuff out there that will burn onto your eyes. Second, and more importantly, can someone help me make some tiny legs for Terry? I can provide materials and I'll do the legwork (pun!), but I need some help figuring out how to make them functional with bending knees. I should note that I cannot sew. I'm not sure if that's important. - Ashley Bright south-park-the-movie-back-cover-98981I love alliteration! In celebration of that fact, I’m creating “Movie Soundtrack March” to showcase great comedy soundtracks that go underappreciated. The only rule for my weekly pick is that the soundtrack has to mostly be comprised of original music.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are geniuses. You know that. The problem is that they’ve created so many amazing things (South Park, Team America: World Police, Cannibal, Orgazmo, BASEketball, Book of Mormon) people tend to lose track of things. Heck, just by attempting to create a list of their work, I’m sure that I’ll get critiqued because I forgot something random, like That’s my Bush. It happens when two people create such a consistent collection. Because of that, I’m going to highlight my favorite piece that they did, a soundtrack that they don’t get nearly enough respect for; South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

The movie was the first time that South Park began to receive acclaim as something more than a show that gets by on the shock value of kids not acting like kids and the quality of each musical number was a big reason. For starters, you’ve got “La Resistance” and “Up There,” which are fantastic parodies of “Do you hear the people sing?” (Les Miserables) and “Part of your world” (Little Mermaid) respectively. Next, check out Big Gay Al’s one man show stopper “I’m super” and be reminded that people used to shop at Mervyn’s (And reference it in song!). Still not convinced? Well let me remind you that MICHAEL MCDONALD CREATED AN ORIGINAL SONG FOR THE ALBUM. Midway through the track, he just starts advertising his friend Keith’s car detailing business. Yes, not every track on the album is great, but there are so many gems that it is well worth revisiting. - David Allison

14517_10152631209974056_1575422524_nI'm loving many things the week: The Daniel Bryan angle on RAW Monday, learning that Night Hawk is a non-fictional producer of Salisbury steaks, watching my girlfriend watch Game of Thrones, (What!), but most of all I'm loving the anticipation for The Dallas Comedy Festival. This is my first festival and my first experience with the heightened intensity, the crackling energy in the air, the camaraderie as the DCH team hustles together to get ready. I'd call it the Super Bowl of Comedy, but that would probably get me sued, so I'll call it the SuperWrestlemaniaFinalsCup in Memory of David Von Erich of Comedy to be safe. Man, it really feels like the SuperWrestlemaniaFinalsCup in Memory of David Von Eric of COmedy around here this week! There's so much going on.

The Dallas Observer wrote about out "pretty killer" lineup, (quotes means you aren't bragging,) while the Dallas Voice was struck by the strong bonds formed at DCH.

Jason Hensel and I had the opportunity to speak with some of the talented men and women who will be performing at the festival. If you're a comedy nerd you'll appreciate the many discussions on craft and technique. If you're not a comedy nerd you are clearly in the wrong place and horribly confused. Take a deep breath and back away from your computer.

Comedy nerds, get to know some folks a little better:

- Executive Branch - Saffy Herndon - Gramt Redmond - Christian Hughes - Rob Christemsem - ZOOM! - Susan Messing - And more to come next week!

By the way, I'm still loving Rick Ross. Guys, it might be serious. - Ryan Callahan